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From "Shane Isbell" <>
Subject Re: [POLL] Incubator Maven Repository
Date Tue, 15 May 2007 21:03:51 GMT
Hi Noel,

Correct, using a URI does not require a specific implementation; but in
today's environment, if someone needs a different repo format, they get one
of two responses: 1) create your own repo that uses a different repo format;
or 2) use the same repo format but transform the artifact names. Thus,
the repos - as they exists within the community - are, for all effective
purposes, implementation specific: none of them can be used for custom
formats. Thus the API is adequate, but the implementation may prove
problematic in the long run. I decided to go with option 2; but the point is
that this issue will keep coming up as developers add new languages and
require new formats.


On 5/15/07, Noel J. Bergman <> wrote:
> > Although HTTP GET with a URL may qualify as an API, under its
> > current form its really implementation (file-system) specific.
> What makes it implementation specific?  You can't store the files in a DB,
> and map the URI to the resource?  Isn't it really a URI, specifying the
> package name and version?
>        --- Noel
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